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By Elizabeth Tanner
The Post Dispatch
Facing limited rehearsal time, COVID-19 and a deadly winter storm, Director Cathy Sawyer and Assistant Director Ricky Abraham’s Post High School One Act Play cast had their work cut out for them this year.
However, the group of 20 put all that behind them, winning the March 4 District Contest with their first-place performance of “Lafayette No. 1” by Mandy Connor, a speculative history telling of Julien Poydras’ inspirational journey creating the Poydras Orphanage as the yellow fever epidemic ravaged the streets of 1816 New Orleans.
“These kids have worked really hard and have had to face obstacles that no group before them has had to face,” Sawyer said. “Between starting late, the virus, the winter storm and no water, I’m really thankful that we had a show at all. Many schools in our state have been forced to withdraw.”
Cast and crew also won individual awards including All-Star Cast awarded to Mia Martinez, who played Lizzy Landry, Zachary Sawyer, who played Harris Carroll, and Nathan Taylor, who played Julian Poydras; All-Star Tech Crew awarded to Jacob Isbell, stage manager; Best Performer awarded to Haily Aguinaga, who played Anna Landry; and Honorable Mention awarded to Corey Blacklock, who played Yellowjack, and Nick Teague, who played William Limon.
Other cast and crew members included Shayla Brown, crew; Lucy Chapa, lights; Carol Carrillo, sound; Colin Carson, constable; Cruz Delgado, lights; Tamryn Hite, Margaret Haughrey; Anna Lonis, Margarette Wagner, Jadyn Martinez, Felix Zalesky; Kayden Mock, Peter Hatcher; Jacey Redman, Marie Wagner; Rylie Tabor, Maggie McCarthy; Kristin Tidwell, Hannah Myers; and Jacoby Webster, Geo Jackson.
“I’m extremely proud of these kids,” Sawyer said. “They have overcome some pretty huge odds.”
Following a free public performance at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 21 at the Post ISD auditorium, the group will compete at the March 23 bi-district contest in Sudan.